We snitched a bit of time on an quiet island nearby this week. It was a
last minute plan, escaping with a minimal amount of preparation. One
must have essentials that make it a relaxing time. Perhaps you have had
this opportunity to escape, or maybe it’s only been a thought to get
away. However, suppose you were told to pack some essentials for a trip
to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Describe your location, in general or specific terms and….
I love this question, both because I am thinking about Paul’s time in Arabia (Galatians 1) for this week’s sermon and because I took a quick trip to the Big Apple (which is an island, of course) for a meeting yesterday and today. I packed in an unusually light fashion, so I think I’ll write about what I did rather than a dream getaway.
1) What book(s) will you bring?
I brought Parker Palmer’s "Let Your Life Speak." I’m reflecting on how well I know my nature and on how easy it is for me to pick up and play roles others expect of me.
2) What music accompanies you?
I didn’t have music with me, but there is often music in my head, most especially show music and church music. I could have used the iPod at times on the trip, and I would have loved to be listening to some of the women’s voices in my collection, especially the Wailin’ Jennys and the Anonymous 4, and the Broadway cast album of Wicked.
3) What essentials of everyday living must you take (as in the health and beauty aids aisle variety)?
I had makeup with me, but I left all my hair stuff at home because I packed so lightly in order to avoid checking a bag. I didn’t want my good products to be confiscated! The result: Very Big Hair today. I could not do that if I were going to be away from home longer. At least the water in Teh Big Apple is good.
4) What technological gadgets if any, will you take with you or do you leave it all behind?
Shockingly, I left my laptop at home. It was a relief. I did have my cellphone. Do knitting needles count? I’m guessing not.
5) What culinary delights will you partake in while there?
We were eating in the hotel, where the food was fine but not exotic. I wish I’d had time to find a really good bagel. When I lived in Manhattan, I really enjoyed the bagels.
As a bonus question, what makes for a perfect day on vacation for you?
I really do like being in a city, seeing the people and the sights, but I also like a taste of the outdoors. And I love to hear music or see a show. We’ll be there again later this summer, to see #1 Son in an Off-Off-Off (Off?) Broadway venue, doing a play about Matthew Brady.